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ASTERIQS - Advancing Science and TEchnology thRough dIamond Quantum Sensing

Sensing and metrology

ASTERIQS will exploit quantum sensing based on nitrogen-vacancy-centers in ultrapure diamond to bring solutions to societal and economical needs for which no solution exists yet.


The project

ASTERIQS will develop the following objectives:

  1. Advanced applications based on magnetic field measurement: a fully integrated scanning diamond magnetometer instrument for nanometer-scale measurements, a high dynamics range magnetic field sensor to control advanced batteries used in the electric car industry, a lab-on-chip Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) detector for early diagnosis of diseases, a magnetic field imaging camera for biology or robotics, and an instantaneous spectrum analyzer for wireless communications management
  2. New sensing applications to sense temperature within a cell, to monitor new states of matter under high pressure, and to sense electric fields with ultimate sensitivity;
  3. New measurement tools to elucidate the chemical structure of single molecules by NMR for the pharmaceutical industry or the structure of spintronics devices at the nanoscale for a new generation of spin-based electronic devices.

To achieve these goals, the project will develop enabling tools, such as the highest grade diamond material with ultralow impurity level, advanced protocols to overcome residual noise in sensing schemes, and optimized engineering for miniaturized and efficient devices.

ASTERIQS will disseminate its results towards academia and industry and educate the next generation of physicists and engineers. The consortium federates world-leading European academic and industrial partners to bring quantum sensing from the laboratory to applications.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No820394.